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The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2018

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2022 by Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa was published by John Wiley & Sons on December 7, 2021.

Each year the unofficial “bible” to Walt Disney World continues to evolve. It really is the definitive guide to the Walt Disney World Resort. The 2022 edition has been updated with the latest information on the impact of COVID-19 on the parks, new and upcoming attractions like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy at Disney’s Epcot and TRON Lightcycle Run at Magic Kingdom plus the latest firework shows, Enchantment and Harmonious.

The book has also been updated to give you advice on how to avoid long lines now the free FastPass+ ride reservation system has gone, where to get great ticket and hotel deals and discounts on stroller rentals, car rentals and vacation homes.

If you have kids then you might like to consider the sister publication, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids instead.

If you take your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort seriously then the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World is the book for you

Format: Paperback
Page: 772 pages
Publisher: Unofficial Guides, 2022 edition
Date: September 7, 2021
ISBN: 1628091231
Size: 8.5 x 5.1 x 1.5 inches

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We first bought this book back in the early 90’s and it is invaluable in helping you make better use of your time with hints and tips on how to beat the crowds and see the shows with the minimum of wait times. For example it will tell you the best places to go to watch the fireworks at EPCOT or the best vantage points to watch the Magic Kingdom parades.

Though it does not have some of the gloss and visual appeal of some other guides, what it lacks in colour photographs it more than makes up for in sheer volume of information and facts. If you are after colour photos then the aptly named The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World fits the bill though it hasn’t been updated for a few years now.

If anything, at 772 pages (used to be nearly 900 pages), the book is perhaps too big and it can sometimes be hard to find what you are looking for. However it does make a great research tool to help you plan your day in advance.

There is also a companion Touring Plans website which gives you up to the minute details on predicted crowd levels, updates to the book, latest WDW news and a subscription touring guide service.

Bob Sehlinger, Len Testa and their team of editors have interviewed 9,000 families to get their views on each of the rides, shows and restaurants and each attraction is described in detail and rated for different age groups from pre-school right up to seniors with details of type of ride, best times to go, duration of ride, loading times etc. This is in addition to information gleaned from around 150,000 reader surveys in the past year.

The book also contains many independent customer comments and opinions.

As well as chapters on planning, such as when to go, it also covers tickets, opening hours and reviews of nearly 250 hotels including all the Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

All the Walt Disney World restaurants plus alternatives for eating outside of the World are rated and reviewed in a complete dining guide.

There are also comprehensive one and two day touring plans for each park split by different types of family; for example those with small children, couples and seniors. These can be torn out so you can carry them with you rather than taking the whole book.

There is a small section on other parks including Universal and SeaWorld but there used to be a companion book, Beyond Disney: the Unofficial Guide to Universal, Seaworld & the Best of Central Florida which covered these parks and more in much more detail.

Unfortunately the Beyond Disney book is no longer updated but there is also a brand new The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando specifically about the Universal Orlando resort.

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Note that most guide books are re-published annually so you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind last year’s edition of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.

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